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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by constipation or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, and flatulence. Symptoms can be triggered by certain foods or stress.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is quite common. Those afflicted with IBS experience symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea, pain, abdominal cramps, distension and gas. Symptoms vary in intensity and can be temporary or permanent. They usually occur after a meal and patients feel relief after a bowel movement. They are thought to result from a modification of the normal contraction of the intestinal muscles. IBS is often associated with a psychological component: emotion and stress have an impact on the colon. The patient's intestine appears to be hypersensitive to certain foods and to stress and to react more than the intestine of other people. As a result, the duration of digestion is affected and symptoms occur. The exact causes of IBS are still unknown.
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